The Harbin Medical University in China has awarded Visiting Professorships to Professor Sandra Leggat and Associate Professor George Liu of La Trobe University's Department of Public Health, in recognition of their contribution and long association with the institution.
La Trobe University and Harbin Medical University have been offering a joint Master of Health Administration since 2000. It has been run by Professor Leggat and Associate Professor Liu, and has seen thousands of students graduate and go on to work in the Chinese medical system.
"Becoming a Visiting Professor of Harbin Medical University is a recognition of the strength of our partnership," says Professor Leggat. "We're proud to have had a strong influence on the calibre of managers working in the healthcare system throughout China."
The honours will see their continued teaching and association with the program, which has developed a close working relationship between Australian and Chinese academics. Leggat and Liu will also continue their active roles researching management and safety issues within the Chinese medical system.
Over the past decade I have worked with our Harbin colleagues in research into health policy and health reform challenges in China, which results in five coauthored peer reviewed publications," says Associate Professor Liu. "We will continue to expand research collaborations."
The honours were presented by Yang Baofeng, President of Harbin Medical University, who applauded the contributions of Leggat and Lui.
"I welcome and applaud their hard work and educational leadership in the Masters of Heath Administration," says President Yang Baogeng. "Through programs like this we hope to further strengthen international exchanges and cooperation between the two universities."